Can this image be saved?

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Can this image be saved?
Sep 30, 2013

If this question is better posted in retouching or some other forum, please let me know.

I like this image.  The bird is looking right into the camera and I love the grub in his mouth.  But the face remains in too much shadow for my taste but pulling additional shadow detail starts a series of bad exposure compromises.  I've done what I can in LR5 using mainly global edits but I'm not very talented at selective edits.  I'm not asking for anybody to do any additional post for me but would like people's opinions as to whether this image can be saved or even if it is worth the effort.  Thanks.

Michael

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